Arctic Gentian – Native Plant of the Day 01/31/2018
Photo from 08/26/2016. Location: Rocky Mountain National Park, Larimer County, CO.
More photos / info at the Gentiana algida detail page.
Arctic Gentian, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (11/18/2016.) Scientific name is Gentiana algida. Photo below was taken in Rocky Mountain National Park, Larimer County, CO on Aug 26, 2016. Go to the Arctic Gentian detail page for more information and photos.
In the previous post, I reported on the trip segment from Flintstone, GA through the Rocky Mountain National Park on our way to Boise, Idaho. We had traversed five states and part of Colorado. I’ll pick up the story as we get ready to depart Stillwater Campground on Lake Granby, Colorado, excited about heading to Moab, Utah. We begin with the 6th day of our adventure, in Stillwater, Colorado.
Ever since we before we got our first RV (a 36.5′ motorhome) and especially after we got our T@b travel trailer in late 2014 I had wanted to do a “big trip” out west, including basing at our daughter’s family’s home in Boise, ID. My wife was reluctant, and so far all the trips to see the “family out west” had been via airplane. This time it changed.
Location / Name: Stillwater Campground (USFS), Granby, CO
Date: 08/26/2016 (1 night)
Stillwater Campground is a US Forestry Service campground on Lake Granby, after you exit the Rocky Mountains National Park on US 34, our planned route. I wasn’t sure how far I’d travel the next day, but this positioned us nicely for a push on toward Moab, and made for a reasonable travel distance through the park so we could take our time enjoying the views. This was one of only 2 reservations I made prior to starting on our trip. A good thing, the campground was full when we arrived; not unexpected for the start of a weekend. This was our favorite campground, not only because it is a nice campground (which it is) but also because of the majestic surroundings.
Location / Name: The Prospect RV Park, Wheat Ridge, CO
Date: 08/25/2016 (1 night)
The Prospect RV Park, Wheat Ridge, CO showed up on a Google search for campgrounds in the vicinity of about 300 miles (328) from my prior stop on our August 2016 trip to Boise; prior stop being in Ellis, KS. It had good reviews, and was on the west side of Denver where I wanted to be, wasn’t too expensive, so that became my target. In retrospect I’m not sure I would do it again since I like more space than the parking-lot style commercial campground this turned out to be, but for an overnighter in the Denver area, it isn’t bad – clean bathrooms and friendly staff.
Apologies (again) – I didn’t get photos of this campground. Here’s a “morning after” picture of Colorado.